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Devon & Cornwall Police Federation

Federation condemns attack where fireworks were thrown at officers

5 November 2020

Devon and Cornwall Police Federation has condemned firework attacks on homes and a police vehicle in Exeter as 'utter madness.' Officers were called shortly before the start of the lockdown at 10.20pm last night, following reports that a group of around 20 people were setting off fireworks in the direction of houses and vehicles in the Buller Road area of the city.

Devon and Cornwall PC Naomi Cox tweeted; "It's been very busy so far tonight.

"A group of youths thought it was acceptable to set off fireworks and aim them at our marked police vehicle in St Thomas, whilst shouting profanities at us."

No arrests were made, but Devon and Cornwall Police Federation Chairman Andy Berry said he hoped the offenders would be placed before the courts.

"This is utter madness, putting officers at risk of serious injury,” he said.

"It's totally unacceptable, and I sincerely hope that every effort is made to bring the offenders to justice. I firmly believe that courts are the only place where such use of potentially lethal weapons can be dealt with.

"We will be checking in with the officers involved to ensure that they are ok."